A 70-year-old California man was awarded $80 million in damages over his claim that a weed killer caused his cancer.
A six-person jury in San Francisco returned the amount for Edwin Hardeman on Wednesday. The same jury previously found that Roundup-brand weed killer was a substantial factor in his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Agribusiness giant Monsanto is facing thousands of similar lawsuits nationwide. Monsanto said studies have established that the active ingredient in its widely used weed killer is safe.
A different jury in August awarded another man $289 million.
DeWayne Johnson, a groundskeeper at a San Francisco Bay Area school district, sprayed large quantities of the product, sold under the brand name Roundup, from a 50-gallon tank attached to a truck during gusty winds. He said the product would often cover his face, and one time, when a hose broke, his whole body was covered.
A judge later slashed the award to $78 million, and Monsanto has appealed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.